Artur (known as DJ Nikto and ROZA) is a real wanderer, being on the move from Poland to his motherland Ukraine and back again all the time. But he still finds some time to write us on the occasion. And we're happy to receive his messages, because usually he's also sending us some of his new music - always talented and wonderful! Now it's just the right time to share some of it with you: the album of "remixes" for Swedish band Hedningarna.
Actually, "Hedningarna Remixes" album hardly can be described as a collection of remixes in the usual sense of this word. It is rather an original project, just inspired by Swedish collective. DJ Nikto fully preserved (even dramatized) the unique, outstanding sonic architecture and audio atmosphere of Hedningarna's music, but he easily changed the whole perspective and context of it by transforming the music in some sort of surrealistic cosmic ambient. It's fairly impossible to describe this music (just as the original art of early Hedningarna) - it's a telepathic journey, time-and-space rambling travel, the act of personal relationship with higher spheres or descending in the deep and unknown abysses of unconsciousness - anyway, it's just a hook!
Hedningarna, the name of which means "The Heathens", was created in Sweden is 1987. The project is dedicated to exploring and studying the ancient Scandinavian folk music and to reconstructing it in the modern form of fusion. Hedningarna is trying to look into the very early roots of Nordic musical culture, and that's why they're using a whole range of unique ancient instruments, sometimes in modified and upgraded form: lute, mandora, hurdy-gurdy, hummel, zither, fiddles, keyed fiddles, bowed harp, Swedish bagpipe, hardanger fiddle and many others, more exotic - some of them are even hand-crafted and developed by themselves. And this tools give Hedningarna the ability to create absolutely unique, incomparable sound.
Their debut eponymous album "Hedningarna" was released in 1989, and unlike later works, it doesn't include any amplified instruments or electronic rhythms - it was entirely acoustic. Second album "Kaksi!" (which means "Two!" in finnish) was released in 1992 and two finnish female singers were involved in recording process. Artur used exactly this songs (four tracks from "Hedningarna", two from "Kaksi!" + one mix) to make his album.
To record "Hedningarna Remixes", DJ Nikto only used very basic and simple software effects, and he was working on an old and almost broken PC with only internal sound card. But the result is here - real talents can create great things with only very basic tools. Download, listen and enjoy!